The sustainability of Smartphones: Fairphone

by Vittorio Esposito Introduction Smartphones, since the advent of the first iPhone back in 2007, quickly became more and more important in our everyday life, establishing themselves as being the largest electronic market in  the past two decades, with 1.4 billion smartphones sold yearly worldwide, with an average lifespan of 2.7 years (Bento, 2016, PaianoContinue reading “The sustainability of Smartphones: Fairphone”

Digital Inclusion and Health Inequalities

In this episode we are joined by Leah (Founder of The Peer Medical Foundation). We discuss the relationship between digital inclusion and health inequalities. The Peer Medical Foundation is a volunteer youth-led international not-for-profit committed to improving health equity, inclusivity, diversity and racial justice in medicine. We support marginalized patient populations (Migrants, 2SLGBTQIA+, BIPOC & more) and hopeContinue reading “Digital Inclusion and Health Inequalities”

Ed Bridges v South Wales Police: Facial Recognition and The Right to Privacy

By Agnes Leung Facial recognition has emerged as one of the most frequently utilized artificial intelligence technologies in law enforcement to achieve national security, public safety and prevention of crime. Facial recognition involves ‘automated extraction, digitisation and comparison of the spatial and geometric distribution of facial features’, which is a kind of biometric data, andContinue reading “Ed Bridges v South Wales Police: Facial Recognition and The Right to Privacy”

The human rights challenges raised by the killing of George Floyd

By Agnes Leung On 25 May 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year old black African-American man was arrested after being accused of counterfeiting US 20-dollar-note in Minnesota, the United States. While in police custody, a white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for a period of 8 minutes 46 seconds. Despite Floyd’s desperate callContinue reading “The human rights challenges raised by the killing of George Floyd”

Predictive Policing: Is It Biased?

By Freya Graham It’s an action movie trope that everyone’s familiar with — a brazen police officer orundercover spy is entrusted with a host of gadgets and gizmos to help them fight crime.Often, it borders on the ridiculous — anyone remember the exploding chewing gum inMission: Impossible? Sophisticated police technology is no longer the remitContinue reading “Predictive Policing: Is It Biased?”

Predictive Policing & The Right to Non-Discrimination

By Samuel Hoar Predictive Policing  Derek Chauvin’s murder of George Floyd on 25 May 2020 sparked a wave of global protests against  police racial discrimination and broader racial inequalities. In this light, concerns about the practice  of predictive policing have gathered momentum and received greater public attention. This piece  evaluates the supposed benefits of predictiveContinue reading “Predictive Policing & The Right to Non-Discrimination”

The Digital Divide: Lessons Learnt from the Covid-19 Pandemic

by Freya Graham It’s been over a year since the Covid-19 pandemic changed the way we use technology. The pandemic accelerated digitisation – all of sudden, the internet became the only way to access wider society. Healthcare and education were forced to operate remotely. As the UK expands its digital infrastructure, what lessons can weContinue reading “The Digital Divide: Lessons Learnt from the Covid-19 Pandemic”

From Global Health to Human Rights: Impala Global, Ensuring Technology is at the Forefront of Innovation

On this episode of the Peer Med Podcast, we welcome Co-Founders of Impala Global, Maud Kadye & Tafadzwa Kadye to speak about their organization. As an independent Think Tank, this episode dives into the work the organization does, using research to develop and strengthen the human rights and global health frameworks within tech. Acknowledging thatContinue reading “From Global Health to Human Rights: Impala Global, Ensuring Technology is at the Forefront of Innovation”

The importance of digital inclusion in healthcare & education

by Ole Ho Christiansen The right to health is a basic human right that is recognized by almost all global and regional human rights instruments (Majid, 2020). It covers physical, mental and social well-being. It requires that access to health care is non-discriminatory and accessible (Majid, 2020). Therefore, it is concerning to see the currentContinue reading “The importance of digital inclusion in healthcare & education”

Digital Ageism and Health Equality

by Freya Graham In March, Health Secretary Matt Hancock made a confession: ‘I’m a tech geek’. In the same speech, given at the Digital Health Rewired Festival, Hancock laid out his plans for a tech-driven future for the NHS. Praising ‘the power of technology’, he said that “digital technologies are not a bolt-on, or aContinue reading “Digital Ageism and Health Equality”